Delaware Tax-Exempt Opportunities Fund**(formerly, First Investors Tax Exempt Opportunities Fund)

Key features

Income-driven, risk-controlled approach

Disciplined, bottom-up, research-driven process

Experienced management team dedicated solely to municipal bond investing

Daily pricing as of 05/22/2020

NAV
NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price
$16.05

Total net assets as of 04/30/2020

All share classes
$340.9 million

Overview

Fund information
Inception date05/01/2013
Dividends paid (if any)Monthly
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Fund identifiers
NASDAQEIIAX
CUSIP245912837

Benchmark and peer group

Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index (primary) (view definition)

ICE BofA US Municipal Securities Index (view definition)

Morningstar Muni National Long Category (view definition)

Lipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average (view definition)

Performance

The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

Total returns may reflect waivers and/or expense reimbursements by the manager and/or distributor for some or all of the periods shown. Performance would have been lower without such waivers and reimbursements.

Average annual total return as of month-end (04/30/2020)

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Benchmark lifetime returns are as of the month end prior to the Fund's inception date.

Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs, or expenses. Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index.

Performance shown prior to Oct. 4, 2019, are as of the predecessor fund and investment team. Please see the Updated Significant Fund Event and prospectus for more information.

Average annual total return as of quarter-end (03/31/2020)

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Benchmark lifetime returns are as of the month end prior to the Fund's inception date.

Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs, or expenses. Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index.

Performance shown prior to Oct. 4, 2019, are as of the predecessor fund and investment team. Please see the Updated Significant Fund Event and prospectus for more information.

Morningstar ranking - as of 04/30/2020
YTD ranking 130 / 181
1 year 141 / 176
3 years 134 / 151
5 years 113 / 139
10 years n/a
Morningstar categoryMorningstar Muni National Long Category

(View Morningstar disclosure)

The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking - as of 04/30/2020
YTD ranking 235 / 304
1 year 232 / 291
3 years 219 / 252
5 years 175 / 222
10 years n/a
Lipper classificationLipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average

(View Lipper disclosure)

The Lipper ranking is based on historical total returns.

Expense ratio

Gross
0.74%
Net
0.66%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from Oct. 4, 2019 through Oct. 31, 2021. Please see the fee table in the Fund’s prospectus for more information.

Calendar year total returns @ NAV

Year
Annual return
Year
Annual return
2019
7.58%
2018
-0.18%
2017
4.09%
2016
0.23%
2015
3.31%
2014
11.55%

Portfolio

Portfolio characteristics as of 04/30/2020

Number of holdings
186
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
60%
Modified duration (view definition)
8.11 years
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)
12.68 years
Yield to maturity (view definition)
4.41%
Average market price (view definition)
$102.24
Average coupon (view definition)
4.82%
Yield to worst (view definition)
3.36%
Alternative minimum tax
13.95%
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)
2.70%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)
2.60%
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)
5.63

Portfolio composition as of 04/30/2020
Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.

Municipal bonds
98.0%
Cash and cash equivalents
2.0%

Cash and cash equivalents include accruals on bonds and long-term receivables.

Top 10 fixed income holdings as of 04/30/2020

Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

Holding
% of portfolio
Holding
% of portfolio
California Edl Facs Auth Rev 5.000 3/15/2039
5.95
Puerto Rico Sales Tax Fing Co. (rst 5.000 7/1/2058
3.18
New York Liberty Dev Corp. Libe 2.800 9/15/2069
2.22
New York ST Dorm Auth Sales ta 5.000 3/15/2042
2.05
Denver Colo City & Cnty Arpt R 5.000 12/1/2043
2.00
New Jersey ST Tpk Auth Tpk Rev 5.000 1/1/2045
1.91
Allegheny Cnty PA Port Auth Spl RE 5.250 3/1/2024
1.82
New York N Y 5.000 12/1/2041
1.69
Broward Cnty Fla Arpt Sys Rev 5.250 10/1/2030
1.68
San Francisco Calif City & Cnt 5.000 5/1/2044
1.66

Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings - 24.16%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings

Fixed income sectors as of 04/30/2020

List may exclude cash, cash equivalents, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are used for cash management purposes. Please see the Fund’s complete list of holdings for more information.

Sector
Fund
Sector
Fund
Transportation
23.7%
Special tax
15.0%
Education
11.8%
IDR/PCR (corporate)
10.4%
State general obligations
7.8%
Hospital
7.7%
Leasing
6.5%
Local general obligations
6.1%
Pre-refunded
4.2%
Electric
2.3%
Water & sewer
1.6%
Housing
0.6%
Resource recovery
0.4%

Credit quality as of 04/30/2020

Rating
Fund
Rating
Fund
AAA
11.4%
AA
32.7%
A
20.8%
BBB
11.1%
BB
2.1%
B
0.4%
CCC
2.3%
CC
2.2%
Not rated
17.1%

Total may not equal 100% due to rounding. The Fund’s investment manager, Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust, receives “Credit Quality” ratings for the underlying securities held by the Fund from three “nationally recognized statistical rating organizations” (NRSROs): Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s Investors Service, and Fitch, Inc. The credit quality breakdown is calculated by DMC based on the NRSRO ratings. If two or more NRSROs have assigned a rating to a security the higher rating (lower value) is used. If only one NRSRO rates a security, that rating is used. Securities that are unrated by any of the three NRSROs are included in the “not rated” category when applicable. Unrated securities do not necessarily indicate low quality. More information about securities ratings is contained in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Top 10 states as of 04/30/2020

State
% of portfolio
State
% of portfolio
California
11.2%
New York
6.4%
Florida
4.7%
Illinois
3.6%
New Jersey
3.2%
Pennsylvania
2.8%
Massachusetts
2.7%
Colorado
2.5%
Virginia
1.7%
Texas
1.5%

Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)

Year
Capital gains3
Net investment income
Year
Capital gains3
Net investment income
2020
0.000
0.178
2019
0.000
0.493
2018
0.000
0.524
2017
0.000
0.606
2016
0.000
0.570
2015
0.000
0.564
2014
0.000
0.544
2013
0.000
0.338
2012
0.000
0.000
2011
0.000
0.000
2010
0.000
0.000

1If a Fund makes a distribution from any source other than net income, it is required to provide shareholders with a notice disclosing the source of such distribution (each a "Notice"). The amounts and sources of distributions reported above and in each Notice are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. Each Fund will send each shareholder a Form 1099 DIV for the calendar year that will provide definitive information on how to report the Fund's distributions for federal income tax purposes. The information in the table above will not be updated to reflect any subsequent recharacterization of dividends and distributions. Click here to see recent Notices pertaining to the Fund (if any).

2Information on return of capital distributions (if any) is only provided from June 1, 2014 onward.

3Includes both short- and long-term capital gains.

Management

Gregory Gizzi

Greg Gizzi 

  • Managing Director, Head of Municipal Bonds, Senior Portfolio Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 35
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Stephen Czepiel

Steve Czepiel 

  • Managing Director, Head of Municipal Bonds Portfolio Management, Senior Portfolio Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 38
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Jake van Roden

Jake van Roden 

  • Senior Vice President, Head of Municipal Trading, Portfolio Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 15
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Fees

Shareholder fees
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases as a percentage of offering pricenone
Maximum contingent deferred sales charge (load) as a percentage of original purchase price or redemption price, whichever is lowernone
Annual fund operating expenses
Management fees0.55%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.19%
Total annual fund operating expenses0.74%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements1(0.08%)
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.66%

1 The Fund’s investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), has contractually agreed to waive all or a portion of its investment advisory fees and/or pay/reimburse expenses (excluding any acquired fund fees and expenses, taxes, interest, short sale and dividend interest expenses, brokerage fees, certain insurance costs, and nonroutine expenses or costs, including, but not limited to, those relating to reorganizations, litigation, conducting shareholder meetings, and liquidations) in order to prevent total annual fund operating expenses from exceeding 0.66% of the Fund’s average daily net assets from Oct. 4, 2019 through Oct. 31, 2021. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Fund.

Resources

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

*The Fund changed its broad-based securities index to the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index as of Oct. 4, 2019. The Fund elected to use the new index because it more closely reflected the Fund's investment strategies.

**Updated Significant Fund Event. On April 6, 2019, Foresters Investment Management Company, Inc. (FIMCO), the investment adviser to the First Investors Funds, entered into an agreement with Macquarie Management Holdings, Inc. (MMHI), whereby MMHI, on behalf of its affiliate Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust (MIMBT), would acquire FIMCO’s asset management business (the “Transaction”). In connection with the Transaction, the Board of Trustees of the First Investors Trusts and the First Investors Fund shareholders approved, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Agreement”), the transfer of all assets and liabilities of each First Investors Fund to a corresponding, newly formed fund in the Delaware Funds by Macquarie family of funds. The Transaction closed on Oct. 4, 2019.

Carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund’s prospectus and its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by clicking the prospectus link located under the Resources section, or calling 877 693-3546. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund’s prospectus and its summary prospectus, which are located under the Resources section, or calling 800 523-1918. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

Fixed income securities and bond funds can lose value, and investors can lose principal, as interest rates rise. They also may be affected by economic conditions that hinder an issuer’s ability to make interest and principal payments on its debt. The Fund may also be subject to prepayment risk, the risk that the principal of a bond that is held by a portfolio will be prepaid prior to maturity, at the time when interest rates are lower than what the bond was paying. A portfolio may then have to reinvest that money at a lower interest rate.

High yielding, non-investment-grade bonds (junk bonds) involve higher risk than investment grade bonds.

Substantially all dividend income derived from tax-free funds is exempt from federal income tax. Some income may be subject to state or local and/or the federal alternative minimum tax (AMT) that applies to certain investors. Capital gains, if any, are taxable.

Duration number will change as market conditions change. Therefore, duration should not be solely relied upon to indicate a municipal bond fund’s potential volatility.

LIBOR risk is the risk that potential changes related to the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) could have adverse impacts on financial instruments which reference LIBOR. The potential abandonment of LIBOR could affect the value and liquidity of instruments which reference LIBOR.

Natural or environmental disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other severe weather-related phenomena generally, and widespread disease, including pandemics and epidemics, have been and can be highly disruptive to economies and markets, adversely impacting individual companies, sectors, industries, markets, currencies, interest and inflation rates, credit ratings, investor sentiment, and other factors affecting the value of the Fund’s investments. Given the increasing interdependence among global economies and markets, conditions in one country, market, or region are increasingly likely to adversely affect markets, issuers, and/or foreign exchange rates in other countries. These disruptions could prevent the Fund from executing advantageous investment decisions in a timely manner and could negatively impact the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective. Any such event(s) could have a significant adverse impact on the value and risk profile of the Fund.

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